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Top Posts of 2013

JasonC —  January 8, 2014 — Leave a comment

As a blogger, it’s interesting to note which posts get the most reads each month. Sometimes it’s validating and sometimes it’s eye-opening. Every blogger wants to know when they are producing content that is being well-received, appreciated, or useful. Sometimes we get feedback through comments. Sometimes we get it by looking at the analytics.

Bigger sites probably get more comments. As for me, that doesn’t happen much, so I occasionally look at my statistics. Here are my top 25 posts by traffic volume in 2013. These may not have been written in 2013. It’s what has been viewed most in 2013.

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I want to take the time to thank those of you who have subscribed to my blog and enjoy the Direct Sales Husband’s Handbook posts. Over the past couple of years, it’s been a real pleasure to get to meet many of you. And hearing stories about how it’s made a real difference to several direct sales husbands (Husbands of Thirty-One to be exact) has been humbling, to say the least. 

Thank you.

Although I’ve slowed down in my DSHH posting in the last year, most of that has been due to time constraints with my “real job” which changed in April. Thank you for being patient with me. During this time, I’ve still been collecting ideas for posts and how to make the Direct Sales Husband’s Handbook even better. 

And it’s time to unveil the first step I’m taking in that direction:

Direct Sales Tips.net

As many of you know, I do a lot of reading. Recently what I’ve been reading regarding blogging is that it is a good idea to keep a blog branded and focused, and that makes all the sense in the world to me. One of the troubles with JasonECox.org (this site) is that it is my personal blog. That’s how it started years ago, and it’s my outlet for things like book reviews, product reviews, various geeky interests and endeavors. And there’s nothing wrong with that.

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The Direct Sales Husband’s Handbook posts are important to me. And I sense that keeping them on my blog somewhat limits the visibility they could otherwise achieve. And I doubt many of the readers of that series have much interest in the other stuff I like to write about. So it’s time for a break. Or, more accurately, a re-organization of the content and direction. 

Over the next weeks and months I’ll be adding all of my Direct Sales Husband’s Handbook posts to DirectSalesTips.net. As I do this, I’m updating and refreshing the content as well. Some posts I will probably break into multiple segments to go a little deeper into the topics. New DSHH posts will be posted on the new site, though I will probably either post them here as well, or at least post links to the other site.

My goal with DirectSalesTips.net is to help as many people in the direct sales business as possible. My primary focus will still be on the DSHH posts, but I will also post other general direct sales tip posts as well. Many people in the Thirty-One community know of my through my wife, Holley. But I’d love the DSHH to impact guys whose wife’s are involved in every direct sales company out there. And I’d love to get posts from other folks as well. Read the first post on DST.net to get an idea of what my goals are. 

 

Finally, I’m going to continue posting my Various Ramblings here. But right now I’m thinking it’s going to get a lot geekier than it has been :) 

 

Please let me know what you think. And if you think you’d like to try your hand at posting to a blog about direct sales, let me know!

There are a ton of products out there to help with the creativity process. Everything from pencil and paper to a high-end pressure-sensitive display with various creative apps exist. And they ALL work. It’s just a matter of finding what works best for you, but then also keeping that with you so you can get busy when the creative streak hits you.

Many people have iPads, and they’re great for a lot of things. Browsing and email work great. It’s even getting a little easier to do some creative writing on the iPad (especially if you have a keyboard for it). But there’s no denying that trying to create any graphics on the iPad ends up feeling like you’re literally finger-painting. Do it enough and you can even do OK with “finger-painting.” But it can be frustrating and maybe not everyone is meant to be an iPad VanGogh.

Now you have another option: The Wacom Intuos Creative Stylus (ICS)

Wacom creates awesome products that are geared towards bridging the gap between traditional media and digital media. Intuos tablets have been around for years, letting you “draw” with pressure sensitivity, though you’re drawing on a tablet and looking at your computer’s screen. Then there is the Wacom Cintiq line which basically puts a pressure sensitive tablet on a screen, so you can literally draw where you’re looking with a high degree of precision. But they’re expensive. Last year they released the Wacom Inkling, which is a special pen and sensor that you can clip to your notepad and draw like you would with a pen, then hook it to the computer and download a digital version to your computer, which you can then manipulate with your favorite applications. (I’d love to get my hands on one of these for detailed review…)

 

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Sitting atop my Leuchtturm 1917 5×7″ notebook you’ll find (L->R, Top->Bottom in the middle) iPhone 5, Case for the ICS, Intuos Creative Stylus, Cintiq Stylus, Amazon Basics stylus, Uni Kurutoga .3mm mechanical pencil, Palomino Blackwing 602, and finally the box for the ICS.

 

The Intuos Creative Stylus is a $99 stylus that you can use with your iPad to create art or manipulate images. It aims to turn your iPad into something approaching a Cintiq. Here’s my review.

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The Jason Cox Facebook Page

JasonC —  August 1, 2013 — 2 Comments

This has to be one of the “weirdest” things I’ve done. I just created a Facebook Page for myself (really directed more towards this blog, though).

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Why did I do it? 

1. I had a surprising number of people come up to me and ask me about it at conference. “Do you have a Facebook Fan Page?” That was a little shocking to me.

2. I’ve read several books and other blog posts that indicated that it is a good thing to do.

3. Recognizing that I’m not always the most “in touch” with current trends, the awkwardness of creating one was outweighed by the realization that Gen Y is social media dependent. Apparently one nearly doesn’t exist if there is no Facebook Page to prove it.

4. Since Thirty-One is going to allow Consultants to have Facebook Pages now, and I’m the defacto Social Media Strategist for Holley, it gives me the opportunity to see how it works so I can help her. (What crazy things we’ll do as a H.O.T.!)

Do YOU have a Facebook Page (or Fan Page)? What is your experience with it?

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Recently our local Blockbuster has started their going-out-of-business clearance sale. Literally everything in the building is for sale, including the DVD shelves and racks. I was worried that would happen because the other 2 in the area have closed up shop in the last 2-3 years. Having been a Blockbuster Total Access subscriber (they send me Blu-Rays in my queue and I can turn them in locally in exchange for something immediately), I had been pretty spoiled by the access and the ability to always have an awesome selection. 

On the other hand, 3 years ago I married my dream girl and now have a full household most all the time and all sorts of activities to occupy my time, so I haven’t been watching movies anywhere close to the same rate as when I was on my own. Still, the imminent closure of Blockbuster means a change in my home entertainment setup.

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Some of the fondest memories from my childhood involved “game night” with my family. Often we would get together with another family and the parents would play some sort of game and we kids would play on our own table. As I got older, I got to start playing at the adult table and it was always a fun time. Great bonding with parents, family, and friends.

Back then we would play dominos, tri-ominoes, quad-ominoes, card games like Uno™, Skip-Bo™, rook, spades, and hearts. Of course there were also games of Monopoly™, Sorry™, The Game of Life, and a few others. Later on we added Trivial Pursuit™ and Taboo™ which were new to the scene. Pretty much all of these games started off being fun. After a while a few definitely stood out. Like Monopoly™ which never seemed to ever actually have a winner. Somebody might have ended up winning the game, but everyone was bored with the game after about 45 minutes. Actually finishing a game of Monopoly was more of a statement of commitment than an indication of fun. 

I strongly suspect that most people who HATE board games and “game night” do so because of their experiences with Monopoly early in life. Admit it, when you saw the title, what is the board game you thought of immediately?

It Doesn’t Have to Be That Way…

These days there are tons of options that absolutely blow away those old-school games we all love to hate. These games are so different from games like Monopoly™ because they move more quickly and keep people engaged during every player’s turn, not just your own. 

There is a lot of support out there for family game night and all of the benefits it provides your family:

7 Benefits of a Family Games Night

5 Reasons to Have a Family Game Night 

National Family Game Night and the Benefits of Game-Playing

Top 3 Board Games to Revive Family Game Night in Your House:


1. Ticket To Ride – This 2004 Game of the Year is an excellent game that emphasizes geography, sequencing, problem-solving, and planning for 2-5 players ages 8+. In our family with 7 kids (ages 8-15), this is definitely the most popular. Games typically last right at an hour, which is great for keeping everyone’s attention engaged. Often we’ll play 2 or more games in a sitting because they’re quick and fun.

TTR is easy to teach and to learn. You can only do one of 3 things on each turn and turns move very quickly. Some games we’ve played have lasted 45 minutes or less. The board consists of a map of the USA with cities linked by train routes. Your goal is to buy routes and connect cities to complete your “tickets.” Each player has 45 train cars and when any player gets down to 2 or less, the game ends after one more turn.

There’s a ton of strategy you can apply, but the kids have fun collecting cards, buying routes, and completing tickets. 

Consider also buying the 1910 expansion which has more route cards and bigger train cards which are easier to shuffle. Also, there is a Ticket to Ride: Europe edition and 1912 expansion for it. These will teach a little European geography. There are many other expansions available as well, all of which are solid additions to the game, but are by no means required.

 

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2. Carcassonne  - Another game of the year selection for 2-5 players ages 8+, Carcassonne is totally different from any other game I’ve ever played. It’s my wife Holley’s favorite board game. This one teaches pattern-matching, strategy,& spatial awareness.

Each player draws a tile randomly from the draw bag and has to connect a tile to ones previously played (the starting tile is always the same). Tiles can be connected by a road, plain, or city wall.

You have little men that you place strategically in order to gain points and win the game. Placing a man on an unoccupied road makes him a robber. The longer the road becomes, the more points he is worth. Complete the road and you collect the points and can re-use the man. Placing the man on a plain makes him a farmer. The more city gates his farm touches, the more points he is worth, but he must remain a farmer throughout the game.

Placing a man in an unoccupied city makes him a knight. The larger the city becomes, the more points he is worth. Completing the city walls allows you to collect the points and retrieve the man for re-use. Placing a man in an abbey makes him a monk and you get 1 point for each tile which is placed adjacent to the abbey (up to 9 points).

Once the tiles are all gone, the player with the highest score wins. Because there are only 35 tiles, games go very quickly (20-25 minutes). All players are engaged the whole time because you can play both offense and defense, plus you need to pattern-match in order to use certain tiles and to complete your roads and cities.

The basic game has only 35 tiles, but there are expansions that add more and different tiles as well as new rules. The Carcassonne Big Box (see above) has the original game and the 5 most popular expansions. There are still other expansions available to keep it fun an new.

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3. The Settlers of Catan - 2-4 player ages 10+. I think this is my favorite of these 3 (though only by a hair). It teaches resource management, spatial awareness, trading/bartering, and strategy, of course.

Settlers is another game that is probably different than anything you’ve played before. The “board” of this game is one you set up with hexagonal tiles which are placed inside an included frame which holds everything together. On these tiles, you place disks that have a number from 2-12. The tiles themselves have different terrains which provide different resources (wheat, wool, clay, lumber, or stone) when the number on the disk is rolled.

Each player starts out with 2 settlements and 1 road segment per settlement. These are placed on a turn-by turn basis to start the game. After that, each player’s turn starts with a roll of the dice. Whatever number comes up causes the tiles with that number to produce resources for whichever settlements are touching it. This makes this game fun because everyone is playing every turn! Another aspect of the game that adds to this element is the element of trading/bartering. When you have a ton of wheat but need some clay and another player has clay to spare, it may work out as a win-win. The trading can happen at any point, but has to be initiated by a player on their own turn.

As you collect resources, you use them to buy roads and then build settlements and eventually cities. You can also buy development cards which can provide lots of benefits. Each settlement is worth 1 victory point. Cities are worth 2. The longest continuous road is worth one. The development card deck includes a few victory points as well as knights (which fend off The Robber – which moves any time a 7 is rolled and causes all sorts of havoc.) The game is over when the first player reaches 10 points.

These games can go quickly or can take longer. I think the average at our house is probably around 80-90 minutes (with 5 players). Interestingly the first couple of games (with 3 players) only went about 45 minutes. Once all the players know how to play, it can go very quickly.

As with the other games, there are several expansions. I would definitely recommend getting the 5-6 player expansion. I’ve also played the Cities and Knights expansion (loved it!) I’ll probably buy Cities and Knights soon. One downside to the Catan expansions is that each has its own separate 5-6 player expansion you have to buy if you want to play with more people.

We are eagerly awaiting Catan Junior (ages 6+), which should arrive tomorrow. Hopefully this will be a good bridge for the younger ones in the family to learn the basics.

Question: Do you play board games or card games? What is your favorite for family game night?

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It amazes me that I was able to post consistently since July. During that period of time, I’ve produced about 80 posts, so I thought I’d bring together the top 20 of them for the year. Next year, there’ll be a lot more to choose from as I have plenty planned for 2013.

Top 20 Posts of 2012

A User’s Review of YNAB 4

$10-20 Gifts You Should Consider Getting Your Guy For Christmas

How to Help Her Direct Sales Business Day-to-Day

Incentive Trips ROCK!

Gift Guide for your Guy – $5-10

Direct Sales Husband’s Handbook – Part 6 – Debunking The Pyramid Scheme Thing

$20-40 Gifts Your Guy Will Love for Christmas

The 7 Keys to Direct Sales Business Accountability

Live It Up! Thirty-One Gifts National Conference 2012 Photo Gallery

Business Tax Basics 

Direct Sales Husband’s Handbook Rundown

Business Organization – Setting Up An Office

Consider the Paperless Office

Start Some Conversations! 4 Great Ways to Promote Your Wife’s Direct Sales Business

You Need A Budget

Business Organization Part 2 – Time & Calendar Management

Top 7 Free Resources to Improve Your Graphics Skills

Do’s And Don’ts of Going Paperless in Direct Sales

Paperless WorkFLow for Direct Sales Using Evernote

Time Management For Direct Sales & Small Business

 

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Bonus! Updated Direct Sales Husband’s Handbook Rundown (Part 2)

Incentive Trips ROCK! - My take on the Thirty-One Gifts leadership incentive trip from 2012 & suggestions on how to make sure your wife earns that trip.

Incentive Trips – The Obvious and the Hidden Gems - why you husbands should actually GO on that incentive trip with your wife. I was surprised at how many direct sales ladies went to Cancun by themselves or took a friend, leaving their husband at home.

Resources for the Direct Sales Husband - a run down of the surprisingly few direct sales resources for husbands.

Run That Business, or It Will Run You! - Simple business principles to follow in order for your direct sales business to thrive.

Leading From Within - why you should start within your home when it comes to leadership.

Business Tax Basics - new to running a business and paying taxes on it? Start here.

Business Data – What Should I Follow? - data analysis is how you determine where and how you’re growing your direct sales business. It can help you identify important trends or weaknesses.

How to Help Her Direct Sales Business Day-to-Day - the title pretty much says it all. One of my most-read posts.

Start Some Conversations! 4 Great Ways to Promote Your Wife’s Direct Sales Business - fast-talking your way to direct-sales business success. Well, not exactly, but you get the idea…

Be An Idea Sounding Board - like focused or directed brainstorming. Definitely somewhere most husbands need help.

Business Organization – Setting Up An Office - This is a great way for a husband to get involved with his wife’s direct sales business!

Business Organization Part 2 – Time & Calendar Management - important aspects for any small business owner. Running your own business can get hairy if you’re not organized.

Consider the Paperless Office - Going paperless is an awesome thing for small business people. Check this out!

Paperless WorkFlow for Direct Sales Using Evernote - Some notes on one of the best paperless assets out there – Evernote

Do’s And Don’ts of Going Paperless in Direct Sales - what should you, and shouldn’t you, scan when going paperless?

Time Management For Direct Sales & Small Business - Everyone’s heard of “time management,” but where do you start?

More Time Management Resources - essentially part 2 of the article above.

 

Hopefully you’ve found something on this blog useful in 2012. Or maybe this is the first time you’ve come across it yourself. Either way, please share this resource with someone you know who is involved in the Direct Sales Business. There are millions of married women in America who are doing direct sales by themselves. Maybe educating their husbands can change that a little bit. I truly believe that can in a very major way change some lives and families for the better. Maybe a lot of them. That’s my mission with The Direct Sales Husband’s Handbook. Help me spread it.

Thank you, and Happy New year!

-Jason

2012 Year In Review

JasonC —  December 31, 2012 — Leave a comment

Here we are at the end of 2012. It’s been a good year for the most part, so I thought I’d take a little time to review:

State of The Blog:

This was by far my most successful year blogging. In the past, it’s been rather spotty, but for the past 5-6 months I’ve been able to maintain a couple of posts a week with some consistency. 

When I started blogging regularly in June after “rebooting” my site in May, I averaged something around 30 visits monthly to the site. As of this month (December), my monthly page loads totaled over 1300 with about 1100 unique visits and 978 first time visitors. That’s 35 unique visits per day (more than my monthly total previously!). Hopefully that trend will continue as my aim is to provide useful information to as many people as possible. I’ve been both pleased and proud of my Direct Sales Husband’s Handbook series.

For those of you who think blogging = profit, let me assure you otherwise. As of this time, there hasn’t been a single cent in revenue from sharing this information with people. Maybe it could become self-sustaining eventually. Right now the only potential revenue stream is Amazon links. If you purchase an item after clicking on my link, you will still get the best Amazon deal possible, but I would potentially get 3% (I believe) credited to my burdensome Amazon habit. 

Jason’s Blog Top 10 Posts of the Year:

A User’s Review of YNAB 4

$10-20 Gifts You Should Consider Getting Your Guy For Christmas

How to Help Her Direct Sales Business Day-to-Day

Incentive Trips ROCK!

Gift Guide for your Guy – $5-10

Direct Sales Husband’s Handbook – Part 6 – Debunking The Pyramid Scheme Thing

$20-40 Gifts Your Guy Will Love for Christmas

The 7 Keys to Direct Sales Business Accountability

About Me – Jason Cox

Live It Up! Thirty-One Gifts National Conference 2012 Photo Gallery

Business Tax Basics (technically #11, but About Me isn’t a post!)

State of Social Media (for me):

One of my first blog posts was to commemorate my starting point: 33 twitter followers. Heheh. I still can’t get the Social Influence widget to update to any degree, but I’m now at 275 followers on twitter. 

I believe most of the followers there are from people I’ve followed, but I follow something like 660, so it’s not something to do in order to get people to follow back. For me, I just decided to follow twitter feeds that appeared to offer something of direct interest to me. Generally this means it’s someone in the realms of leadership/personal development, photoshop/photography, computing/technology, Christian living, blogging, conservative/libertarian thought leaders, or sports.

I have no idea how many of the 275 who follow me are “real people.” I’m not worried about it. It’s not something I pay for (nor would I ever).

My primary goal with Twitter is to continue to share things I find interesting (generally from the same categories mentioned above). Probably all the people on Facebook who are my “friends” will get tired of this and unfriend me. Hey, it’s a Win-Win!

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Personal Goals:

I spent more time with family this year and made it to more of the kids’ sporting events.

Sadly, I hardly spent any time with my tennis buddies playing tennis.

Our small group grew and we have such an awesome crew in our group! Such a blessing there!

Reading: 

According to Shelfari, I “read” 20 books this year (goal was 20). I’m not sure that’s accurate, but it’s as close as I’ve got, and I think I did a better job of recording it this year than in years past. While 20 books isn’t horrible, I think I’ll shoot for 24 next year.

I reviewed several of the books I read this past year. In the future that will continue to be a purpose of this blog – reviewing worthy books

In Closing:

I hope that you’ve all had an excellent year and have an even better 2013. If you get a chance, leave me some feedback on which of my posts were your favorites and why.

Happy New Year!

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OK folks. We all know what season it is. It’s shopping time! In the spirit of the season, I’m going to try to put together a shopping guide for the ladies out there who have no idea what to get their guy. Hopefully these items will appeal to most any guy out there as the primary qualification for getting on this list is utility. Obviously this list is going to exclude items like sweaters and clothing as those items are simply not cool enough to make it on the list *wink*

These will all link to Amazon and if you actually purchase through these links, I do get a 3% commission to help support this blog (though it will be the same price for you).

Today I’m going to start with the $5-10 “Stocking Stuffer” Pricepoint:

Note: Please don’t get your guy socks or underwear for his stocking stuffer. If we want socks, we’ll go buy socks. On the other hand, these things are just plain cool, and any guy would be happy to find one or a few of these items in their stocking.

Gerber 22-01769 Shard Keychain Tool

Stanley 55-045 7-1/2-Inch Wonder Bar II Pry Bar

Gerber 22-41770 Artifact Pocket Keychain Tool

Streamlight 73001 Nano Light Miniature Keychain LED Flashlight, Black

Columbia River Knife and Tool’s Eat N Tool 9100C Silver Multi Tool

Swiss+Tech UKCSB-1 Utili-Key 6-in-1 Keychain Multi-Tool

Swiss+Tech MMCSSS Micro-Max 19-in-1 Keychain Multitool

MantaRing – Cable Key Ring – Waterproof (Blue)

Smith’s PP1 Pocket Pal Multifunction Sharpener

All of these items are useful and handy. Most guys could use one or more of these things and a good key ring to put them on. You never know when you’re going to need a little pry bar to open a paint can or some other stubbornly-closed item. Many of these also include bottle openers, knives, screwdrivers, etc. There are dozens of other similar tools out there, but these are the ones I felt had the best reputation at this price point. I personally own several of these and keep them on me whenever I have my keys.

Today is my birthday. My 42nd birthday, to be exact, and it’s been quite an excellent birthday.

I suppose as I am forced by all the well-wishers to face the fact that I’m yet another year older that it makes me turn a little introspective. It’s a good thing to spend a little time (not too much) assessing or analyzing where you are at any point in your life and where you want to be.  And where you want to go.

Some Random Thoughts (Some Deep, Some Not):

Warning: These are my personal opinions. Politics are discussed. I will never force my opinion on you in any way. Be respectful of mine.

1. I am amazed at how many new friends I have this year. Being married to Holley Cox, undoubtedly one of the greatest women in the world, helps in this regard. I’ve never considered myself to be all that great of a friend. But I strive to get better and better at it. Being busy makes it hard. This year, though, it seems, has been particularly fruitful of friendships. Many are with people I’ve met through Thirty-One. Some of my best guy friends are Husbands of Thirty One. I think about these guys daily and we communicate regularly. It stinks that we all live so far apart.

2. I’m so glad I started blogging regularly. I know I can do better with this, but it’s been an awesome creative vent for me. If you don’t blog, you should. It’s better than Facebook, I promise. There’s been a tremendous amount of support and encouragement for my Direct Sales Husband’s Handbook posts. I plan to keep ‘em coming.

3. I’m changing jobs. This amounts to taking a stand for my family. My current position as a hospitalist and medical director of the hospitalist program at Morristown Hamblen Hospital has been fine. I feel I’ve made some tremendous improvements during my time there. My physician team agrees with me. But administration has decided (arbitrarily) to go to a 7-on 7-off scheduling model with no exceptions. As I have my kids on the weekends, this jeopardizes my time with them and no job is worth that. This is an opportunity for me to spend MORE time with my family and show them how important they are to me. Please pray for us during this time. There are tons of options out there for me. Almost too many, really, because making sure I choose the “right one” is stressful. Trying to leave it in God’s hand is my tact with that, though. He will take care of it.

4. The end of the world stresses me out. Over the last 18 months, I’ve had a profound fascination with almost everything to do with all this “end of the world” talk. The book of Revelation. Doomsday Preppers. The whole Mayan calendar thing. The movie 2012. Maybe it’s compounded by the whole job situation, but it has literally been a weight on me (don’t laugh, I’m serious!) Oh, and it continues to be. All this mess in the Middle East is about to blow up and that is right in line with Biblical Prophecy. America is a different country than the one in which I was raised. The future for our children is NOT as bright as it was for us. Raising children in a world where so many people don’t care to work and the government is all too happy to support them at your expense (in exchange for votes)… ugh. It’s just nasty to think about it. 

5. The politics of America are absolutely crazy. And it’s just going to get worse. The Dems are unashamedly socialist now. And the majority of people are totally OK with that. The GOP has gone from being socially progressive (abolishing slavery!) to faux-evangelical (in an offensive sort of way). And the only thing that the GOP really seems to care about is corporate welfare. There is no party that actually represents the citizens of this once great country. And yet so few people actually look at their party politics and think “is this what’s really right for me and my children? And their children?”

6. The world financial market is so tenuous and the media ignores it. Most economists can see what’s coming. Educate yourself on the macroeconomics of sovereign debt. I’m not saying the financial world is about to end. Just that there’s about an 80% chance of it if you really look at what is going on in Europe and the USA. Ignorance is bliss, and I wish I could get mine back, because watching all this go on is very much like watching a train wreck and contributes to nos. 4 & 5 above. 

Put all of this together and what you get is a LOT of life change. Change is stressful, but change is also opportunity. Of my good guy friends from Thirty-One, every single one of us is either going through a job change, loss of job, or moving to a new city. I hope they have for themselves the same aces in hand that I do:

Two things I’m so incredibly grateful for:

1. My trust in Jesus Christ – He’s got it all under control. 

2. My wife Holley Cox – going through massive life change isn’t something new to me. But going through it with the support and love of an amazing woman certainly is. It makes it all worthwhile.

If you’re still reading at this point, leave me a comment so I know who you are.